Zainab Allawi, a native of Iraq, began her career with the World Bank Group in 2008 as an Education Specialist with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the Human Development Sector. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Education and Human Development from The George Washington University with a focus on development in the Middle East and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development, Economics and Science from McGill University. During her time in the MENA region, Zainab worked on operational, analytical, and regional projects across various MENA countries including: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Dubai/UAE, Syria, Oman, Tunisia, Palestine, Yemen, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
More recently, since 2012, Zainab assumed the role of Advisor to Executive Director/Dean of the Board at the World Bank Group. Zainab is the Advisor for Iraq for the World Bank Group and covers the following thematic and institutional issues for the Executive Director (EDS11): Committee on Governance and Executive Directors’ Administrative Matters (COGAM), G11, Africa Region (all projects or related issues), Grant Making Facilities (GMF), Inspection Panel (IP), Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), Social Protection & Labor Global Practice, Education Global Practice, Health Nutrition & Population Global Practice, Access to Information, Annual Meetings Procedures, Knowledge, South-South Cooperation, Research, EDS11 External Website, and the Advisors’ Annual Retreat.